Dropbox is such an Apple like product. It’s the only remote storage solution that actually just works, that’s fast and reliable. It just feels Apple-like. So no one was surprised to learn yesterday that Steve Jobs tried to buy the company in 2009.
People who use Dropbox love it, and for many it is the perfect way to access and store their files. In 2009 it may have a perfect extension to Snow Leopard. But Dropbox wouldn’t sell.
Instead Apple went back to the brawling board and came back with iCloud, a much more elegant solution to the cloud backup and syncing problem that will work much better for most applications down the line.
With Dropbox, you’re still using the software and the file system, and with iCloud you’re just using the software.
Down the line, Dropbox’s model will become redundant. They may have pivoted by then, but I’m sure they have a long way to go yet to provide their solution. It is, after all, the best way to date to manage and backup files through the file system. Of course, iCloud is far from a mature product and has a long way to go itself to become fully functional.